Horrible Histories. Image shows from L to R: Gemma Whelan, Ryan Sampson, Tom Stourton.

Horrible Histories

CBBC and BBC One sketch show based on historical fact. 122 episodes (9 series), 2009 - 2021. Stars Jim Howick, Simon Farnaby, Ben Willbond, Mathew Baynton and others.

Series 7, Episode 3 is repeated tomorrow at 10:30am.

Horrible Histories. Image shows from L to R: Frances (Miles Jupp), William Shakespeare (Tom Stourton), Jessica Ransom. Copyright: Lion Television / Citrus Television.

2016 Specials - Sensational Shakespeare

A special episode delving in to the life and times of the world's most famous writer: William Shakespeare.

Further details

Tom Stourton stars as the Bard, as we find out about his humble beginnings, his glove-making father and his early life as an actor. How did he climb to become a royal favourite? And what was it like to be in the audience of one of his plays, where fruit was thrown at the stage, it was illegal for women to act, and there were no toilets?

The episode is a look at the life and times of the playwright William Shakespeare - from his largely unknown and humble beginnings in Stratford, through his times as a jobbing actor in London, to his success as the country's most respected and financially savvy writer. Along the way we meet his gang of London friends - the playwrights, poets and brawlers Marlowe, Jonson and Spenser. We also explore the social history of Britain and the world, and how, if you wanted to avoid the plague, it was important to eat your none-a-day portion of fruit and veg.

This episode has a special guest appearance from Miles Jupp.

Broadcast details

Tuesday 19th April 2016
35 minutes

Cast & crew

Regular cast
Jalaal Hartley Various
Jessica Ransom Various
Natalie Walter Various
Richard David-Caine Various
Gemma Whelan Various
Jon Culshaw Various (Voice)
Louise Ford Ensemble Actor
Dominique Moore Ensemble Actor
John Eccleston Rattus Rattus
Guest cast
Tom Stourton William Shakespeare
Richard Atwill Various
Thom Tuck Various
Mel Giedroyc Publisher
Miles Jupp Frances
Daniel Lawrence Taylor (as Daniel Taylor) Ensemble Actor
Writing team
George Sawyer Writer
Steve Punt Writer
Dave Cohen Writer
Ben Ward Writer
Gerard Foster Writer
Dan Maier (as Daniel Maier) Writer (Additional Material)
Ben Ward Script Editor
George Sawyer Script Editor
Toby Davies Writer
Joe Tucker Writer
Raphael Warner Writer
Lucy Clarke (as Lucy Clark) Writer
Daniel Peak (as Danny Peak) Writer
Daniel Peak (as Danny Peak) Script Editor
Production team
Steve Connelly Director
Tom Miller Series Producer
Lisa Mitchell Producer
Melissa Hardinge Executive Producer
Richard Bradley Executive Producer
Simon Welton Executive Producer


Shakespeare at School

See what happens when William Shakespeare visited a modern day school to talk about his writing.

Featuring: Tom Stourton (William Shakespeare).

Shakespeare Quote Alert

William Shakespeare can't even walk down the street without people quoting his work.

Featuring: Jessica Ransom, Natalie Walter, Tom Stourton (William Shakespeare), Thom Tuck, Miles Jupp (Frances).

What to eat to avoid disease

Want to keep disease away? Then eat none-a-day!

Featuring: Daniel Taylor, Jessica Ransom.


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